June 19, 2018

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Book Review: Super Late Bloomer: My Early Days in Transition by Julia Kaye

When I’m reviewing books for professional publications, I stay quiet about them on social media. I’m always really excited once a review comes out to be able to talk about the book, finally! Here’s one of my most recent reviews, a starred review, which originally appeared in the June 2018  School Library Journal.   ★Super Late Bloomer: […]

SLJ’s June 2018 Popular Picks

A playful bug book from Eric Carle; two friends liven up a rainy day indoors with a hearty dose of make-believe; a dinosaur loves wordplay and helps build young readers’ vocabulary; and adorably unconventional animals with Jess Keating in this month’s Popular Picks!

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28 Top Titles | June 2018

A refreshing anthology for teen readers; more middle grade adventures from Kekla Magoon and Matt Phelan; Hesselberth’s feline-centered nonfiction title explores the science of maps.

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Marcus Vega Doesn’t Speak Spanish by Pablo Cartaya | SLJ Review

Gr 4-7 –This middle grade story, set in Pennsylvania and Puerto Rico, pulls together important themes of family, identity, bilingualism, friends, and bullying.

Super Late Bloomer by Julia Kaye | SLJ Review

Gr 8 Up –Cartoonist Kaye, who is transgender, reveals the many ups and downs of starting hormone replacement in this collection of strips from her webcomic Up and Out.

One Star Review Guess Who? (#68)

Can you guess the classic children’s book by its scathing one-star review on Goodreads or Amazon? These are gross books. They tend to sell a lot of these at school book fairs, but they are NOT quality material for children. There are lots of misspelled words and the manners are crude to say the least. […]

My Family Divided by Diane Guerrero with Erica Moroz | SLJ Review

Gr 6-8 –An adapted version of Guerrero’s Alex Award–winning In the Country We Love: My Family Divided for middle schoolers.

The Turtle Ship by Helena Ku | SLJ Review

PreS-Gr 2 –Rhee tells the legend of Sun-sin and his best friend, a turtle named Gobugi, and how they came to invent the Turtle Ship.

Review: 2018’s DC/Hanna-Barbera crossover specials

Last spring, DC Comics released a series of four one-shot crossovers between their own characters Green Lantern, Adam Strange, Booster Gold and The Suicide Squad with some fairly random Hanna-Barbera characters: Space Ghost, The Flintstones, The Banana Splits and Jonny Quest and others. While the major comics publishers are notoriously reticent to discuss sales data, […]

Review of the Day: Beavers – The Superpower Field Guide by Rachel Poliquin and Nicholas John Frith

Beavers: The Superpower Field Guide By Rachel Poliquin Illustrated by Nicholas John Frith $18.99 ISBN: 9780544949874 Ages 9-12 On shelves December 4th Here, sit down a sec. I wanna tell you a story about this beaver I once knew. So I’m at the Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago, which, if anyone asks, is my favorite […]

Bingo Love by Tee Franklin | SLJ Review

Gr 7 Up –Franklin’s first full-length graphic novel follows a love story between two black women.

Review: ‘Action Presidents’

Action Presidents #1: George Washington! Action Presidents #2: Abraham Lincoln! Written by Fred Van Lente, illustrated by Ryan Dunlavey HarperCollins, $9.99 each Ages 8-12 The team behind Action Philosophers! have returned with an entertaining look at key men and events in American history, beginning with the two most famous Presidents. The attitude behind the series […]

Gorogoa: A Thought-Provoking, Elegant Puzzle | Touch and Go

This game, which offers opportunities for cooperative play and team problem solving, will be appreciated for its design and deceptively simple, thought-provoking puzzles.

How We Roll by Natasha Friend | SLJ Review

Gr 7 Up –Most girls have to select which outfit to wear on their first day of high school. Quinn McAvoy, who has the autoimmune disorder alopecia, must decide which wig to choose.

Book Review: Tsu and the Outliers by Erik Johnson

When I’m reviewing books for professional publications, I stay quiet about them on social media. I’m always really excited once a review comes out to be able to talk about the book, finally! Here’s one of my most recent reviews which originally appeared in the June 2018  School Library Journal.   Tsu and the Outliers by Erik […]

Pass Go and Collect $200 by Tanya Lee Stone | SLJ Review

Gr 1-4 –Readers are treated to a colorful historical account of a well-known board game, and the socioeconomic factors that affected its development.

Fred Rogers Returns in ‘Won’t You Be My Neighbor?’ | SLJ Movie Review

Morgan Neville’s wistful documentary focuses on the landmark work—and ideas—of Fred Rogers.

The Ruinous Sweep by Tim Wynne-Jones | SLJ Review

Gr 8 Up –Donovan “Turn” Turner is in a coma after being critically injured in a hit-and-run. Bee, Turn’s girlfriend, is by his side and determined to figure out what happened.

Book Review: Royals by Rachel Hawkins

Y’all…y’all…this book is balm for your soul. Are you looking for a fun read where you invest in the characters and their circumstances without being worried that the world might end? Then this book is for you. I’ve been going through a bit of a reading slump for the past several years (I know, it’s […]

Animal Sanctuaries to the Rescue! | SLJ Spotlight

Four new titles encourage conservationism and animal research for the elementary set.

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